In the unpredictable world of WWE, the stage is set for a potential clash at WrestleMania 40, and the spotlight is on Cody Rhodes, who, after a seven-year hiatus, reemerged at WrestleMania 38, leaving an indelible mark. As the wrestling industry eagerly awaits Cody’s championship pursuit, recent developments have thrown a curveball into the narrative – the prospect of a showdown with none other than ‘The Great One,’ The Rock.
The WrestleMania 39 Saga: Cody’s Near Miss and The Rock’s Revelation
Cody Rhodes had a golden opportunity at WrestleMania 39, where he won the 2023 Royal Rumble and headlined the grand event against Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship. The encounter was nothing short of a classic, with Cody pushing Reigns to the limits, only to be thwarted by Solo Sikoa’s interference, denying him the coveted championship. A twist of fate saw Cody drafted to a different brand, putting a temporary halt to his quest for gold.
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Amidst this, The Rock, in a surprising SmackDown appearance and subsequent revelation on The Pat McAfee Show, hinted at a potential match against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 40. With uncertainty swirling around the WrestleMania 40 main event, Cody Rhodes has stepped forward to address the possibility of The Rock’s involvement and the impact on his aspirations.
Cody’s Bold Stand: Unyielding in the Face of ‘The Great One’
In a candid chat with Busted Open Radio, Cody Rhodes exuded confidence and fearlessness when queried about The Rock’s potential challenge. He emphasized that he isn’t afraid of anyone who vies for his spot, expressing immense respect for The Rock’s contributions to sports entertainment. Cody remains steadfast in his pursuit, declaring,
“Nobody has asked me about The Rock. I think they’re scared to ask me or they don’t want to be rude. I’ll say this about The Rock. Coming on Pat’s show [The Pat McAfee Show], which I was watching live because I love Pat and then SmackDown. The Rock did for sports entertainment so much, and continues to do so much by being the biggest star in Hollywood, that I’m able to be at the level that I’m at because I can stand on shoulders like those of The Rock’s.
He could have come on there and run me down and I would still have the highest respect for The Great One. He’s honestly a model superstar for anyone who wants to supersede expectations. With that said, no matter what he said, anyone who asked me or confronted me on it. I’m not flinching. I’m not flinching.”
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“I feel if The Rock and I were in the same room, he would expect nothing less from me. If you think it’s somebody else, I’m going to do everything I can to make sure you know it’s me. That’s the same attitude The Rock had when he was climbing the ladder. I don’t care who it is. If that happens to be The Rock.
If it happens to be anybody. A wonderful superstar like LA Knight, a stellar performer like Sami Zayn. Line them up and I’m going to do everything I can to outrun them. I mean that with the utmost respect. I wasn’t shook at all by Rock’s big day out. What I would say is: not flinching. If Rock is part of WrestleMania 40, that would be outstanding, it’s The Rock, but I don’t think he’ll be in my spot.”
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Cody Rhodes’ unyielding spirit and unshakable confidence bring a refreshing intensity to the WrestleMania 40 landscape, setting the stage for a potential clash with The Rock, one that could redefine the legacy of both wrestling icons.